Move over Joanne, there’s a new head scammer in town.
Taylor Swift, best known for her music and for reclaiming the snake emoji, made waves on the internet Sunday evening when she broke her political silence and came out in support of Democratic candidates Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, both running in her home state of Tennessee. She cited LGBTQ rights and women’s rights as reasons for backing the Democrats.
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈
“In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now,” Swift wrote. “I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country.”
She continued, “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”
As Swift said, she has received immense criticism in the past for keeping mum on politics, leading many to believe that she supported Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election. Swift has also gotten into some political trouble for her lack of explicitly progressive ideas. When she launched her own app in 2017, it quickly devolved into a homophobic, right-wing hot mess. And she did herself no favors by silencing a blogger who pointed out the growing fandom Swift has in the alt-right community.
By the way, 4Chan users were VERY upset to hear about a lefty Tay Tay. Fox News’ Fox & Friends even argued that someone else wrote the post for her and that she “got some very bad information.” Charlie Kirk even said that he loved when she “stayed away from politics” and was only about the music. Because women are better silent!
4chan Nazis and Charlie Kirk agree: Someone else wrote Taylor Swift's Democratic endorsements for her pic.twitter.com/k2axKYxDqm
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 8, 2018
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) October 8, 2018
Some people online also pointed out that Swift pulled a great scam in taking MAGA money then coming out against the GOP.
Taylor Swift after revealing her political views as soon as she finished her US leg of her tour and took all the MAGA supporter money pic.twitter.com/iP9jtQ2FOd
— [redacted]ㅤ (@GenericStan) October 8, 2018
A lot of people also pointed out the irony that Kanye West has gone full MAGA and Swift overnight became a positive social media talking point for a change.
So… Kanye is MAGA and Taylor Swift is endorsing Democrats in TN. This screening of Interstellar 2 is fascinating. Buy a lottery ticket. Anything is possible in this timeline.
— roxane gay (@rgay) October 8, 2018
Taylor Swift just took the mic from Kanye.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 8, 2018
Imagine if I’d told you in 2009 that Kanye was going to be running around in a MAGA hat and Taylor Swift was going be trying to take down Marsha Blackburn.
— 🎃Spooky Evan DeSimone🎃 (@Smorgasboredom) October 8, 2018
Today a lot of people are going to realize Taylor Swift had a hardocre alt-right following that saw her as a perfect Aryan princess and she just took a baseball bat to their dicks.
— 🧟Donna "AGGRESSIVE DESTRUCTION" Dickens🧟 (@MildlyAmused) October 8, 2018
Guys, things have gotten so dire that even Taylor Swift had to say something. #VoteBlue
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 8, 2018
I feel like yesterday we got a very compact view of our future: One side begging the government to do something to stave off apocalyptic climate change while the other side burns their $900 Taylor Swift concert tickets to own the libs
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) October 8, 2018
Oh Tay Tay, never stop scamming.